But first, I have to do some maintenance on my machine since I've been working it so hard lately. I take the throat plate off and get some Qtips in there to get all the dust out. I know lots of people use "canned air" to clean their machines, but I have heard such mixed opinions about it, that I am hesitant to use it. See how dusty it was in there?!? And of course, I will change the needle, which I routinely do after every project that I machine quilt or after I've sewn a quilt top with lots of piecing.
And then, of course, my baby needs a drink, so I will oil all the little holes as instructed in my owner's manual. In my 8 years of running my Brother 1500 almost every day, it has never given me any grief, so I take really good care of him!
Have you tried the Best Press Starch alternative? Many of the quilt stores around here are selling this product now and I thought I'd give it a try. I bought a bottle of the lavendar scented starch and tested it when piecing my mystery quilt. I don't like when bulky seam intersections don't lay flat, so I tried this product on those spots and it worked like a charm. No white flakes on the fabric, and nice crispness on the newly flattened seams. It also comes in 'unscented' for those who have issues with that, but I enjoyed the lavendar scent - it was light and pleasant, not at all overpowering. I'm sure I'll get my money's worth out of this product. Have you tried it?!?